Make the Right Choice – Celebrate the End of Summer With a Sober Ride

Despite daily life being different this year, one thing that has not changed is our desire to enjoy the summer season with family and friends. Historically, Labor Day Weekend is a popular travel time with increased traffic on the roads. This year is no exception. We anticipate that many Montanans will chose to drive instead of fly and stay to enjoy our outdoor recreation opportunities rather than travel out-of-state. It is more important than ever to drive safely and plan for a sober ride. Local Law Enforcement and the Montana Highway Patrol will be watching for impaired driving through the Labor Day Weekend, as part of the National Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over mobilization.

“We understand everyone wants to enjoy the holiday weekend,” said MPD Traffic Sgt. Matt Kazinsky, “but we want them to do it responsibly. Beyond risking personal freedom and safety, driving impaired puts lives in danger. Our commitment to every Montanan means we are increasing patrols during the extended holiday period of mid-August to early September to help ensure the summer does not end with death or injury.”

Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) show that 38% of all traffic fatalities during the Labor Day holiday period in 2018 involved a drunk driver. In Montana over the last 10 years, there have been 110 fatalities within the two-week period up to and including Labor Day weekend. Drivers impaired by alcohol were involved in 36% of these.
Montanans are encouraged to take part in this effort by reporting any suspected impaired drivers to local law enforcement by calling 911 and helping to ensure all friends and family have secured sober transportation.